Morning Prayer 1 with Mass

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel.





We place today ‘s symbol on The Jesse Tree

 Abraham’s symbol

Lord, we remember how you promised Abraham, in the covenant you made with him, descendants throughout the world.
One of these descendants was to be your Son, Jesus, whose coming we remember at Christmas.
Grant that we may work for peace and justice for the poor as Jesus did.
Let this be our new covenant for the year that lies ahead.


O God, come to our aid: O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory to the Father,  glory to the Son,
Glory  to the Holy Spirit now and for ever.  Amen.



(Today we sing Psalm 121)

 Psalm 121: May the house of the Lord be at peace.

“Let us go to the house of the Lord”, they said, Oh how great was our joy when we heard!
Now our feet are set firm on Jerusalem’s soil at the gates of the City of God,
May the house of the Lord be at peace.

For the city is blessed now with unity, all restored in its beauty and calm.
Here the tribes of the Lord in their thousands have come to give thanks unto Israel’s God.
May the house of the Lord be at peace.

 For they come to sing praises and thanks to God, and, as pilgrims, obey his commands.
In the city of justice where David has ruled they now pray for Jerusalem’s peace.
May the house of the Lord be at peace.

 In this city may wholeness and peace abound, in your houses and palaces, peace!
For the sake of my friends and relatives here for the sake of God’s House, pray, “Shalom”.
May the house of the Lord be at peace


Silent prayer


God of majesty and power,
amid the clamour of our violence your Word of truth resounds;
upon a world made dark by sin the Sun of Justice casts his dawning rays.
Keep your household watchful and aware of the hour in which we live.
Hasten the advent of that day when the sounds of war will be forever stilled,
the darkness of evil scattered, and all your children gathered into one.
We ask this through him whose coming is certain, whose day draws near:
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,  who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,  God for ever and ever.


We stand for The Collect of the Mass of the day


The 1stReading


The Gospel Acclamation:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.  Let us see, O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


The Gospel


The Intercessions

ending with an intercession for peace:

We pray for peace in the Holy Land, for Syria, the Yemen,
and all the troubled countries where peoples lives are spoiled or taken from them by violence and war.
We pray for refugees, and for all those who need to learn to show mercy.
Lord, hear us



I bow my knees: Canticle from the Letter to the Ephesians

I bow my knees before the Lord our God. Each fam’ly comes from God:
The Spirit strengthen yours with inner power. May Christ dwell in your hearts!
May you be filled now, filled with the fullness of God. May you be filled now, filled with the fullness of God.

The Spirit strengthen you with inner power. May Christ dwell in your hearts.
By faith may you be rooted and based in love  and know the love of Christ.
May you be filled now, filled with the fullness of God. May you be filled now, filled with the fullness of God.




Agnus Dei

At Communion:

This is the bread come down from heaven; Whoever eats of it will never die.
This is the cup of eternal life: Whoever drinks of it will live forever.


After Communion we sing a verse of the Benedictus:

Blest be the Lord the God of Israel,
who came to us; and brought us back from sin.
God raised for us a Saviour who is mighty;
his Saviour-Son from David’s house and line.
God promised this through holy men and women
who spoke for him down through the mists of time.

After Mass: May the Lord bless us, and keep us from all harm, and may he lead us to eternal life.


Psalm 121: Words and music by Noel Donnelly © Kevin Mayhew; Canticle: I bow my knees.  A version of Ephesians 3: 14-19 Words and music (c) Noel Donnelly.  This is the bread: Music © Gerry Fitzpatrick. Verse of the Benedictus (c0 Stephen Eric Smyth.